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CICOGNA, Strozzi.
Magiae omnifariae, vel potius, universae naturae theatrum.
sumptibus Conradi Butgenij, 1607. 8vo. pp. (viii) 568. Roman letter, little Italic. Woodcut printer's device to t-p, woodcut initials and tailpieces. Varying degrees of age browning (poor paper), original edges untrimmed, small ink burn to outer blank margin of 2L1, little spotting to first and last gatherings and another handful of ll., all edges untrimmed. A good copy in quarter calf over marbled boards, spine and extremities rubbed. C17 or later Inscription c.1800 'Paulus du Mont' to t-p and couple of early annotations. A very good copy, with edges fresh from the press, of the scarce second Latin edition of this occultum--'a very curious and uncommon work' (Caillet I, 2373). Strozzi Cicogna (1568-1605) studied law at Padua; a late humanist, he devoted himself to poetry and philosophy, achieving lasting fame with 'Il Palagio degl'incanti', published in 1605. It was translated into Latin by Gaspare Ens in 1606; the 1607 Latin edition is an exact reprint of the first. It is a treatise on daemonology--a winning combination of ancient and Scholastic theories on god, the nature and origin of the world, with a Renaissance interest towards pagan, Christian, Hermetic and Cabalistic ideas, and a wealth of learned and popular anecdotes. Some of these Cicogna had heard from the archpriest of Barbarano, near his hometown Vicenza, who recounted supernatural events which had happened to him ('Storia popolare d'Italia', VII, 163). This 'dense and almost unknown treatise' contains 'the most systematic taxonomy of the demonic presences inhabiting the creation' and is 'the most comprehensi … [Click Below for Full Description]
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